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Adopted on 19/09/2018
Reference: 
TEN/664-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
537 -
Sep 19, 2018 Sep 20, 2018

A variety of tools and methods are currently used to undermine European values and external actions of the EU, as well as to develop and provoke separatist and nationalistic attitudes, manipulate the public and conduct direct interference in the domestic policy of sovereign countries and the EU as a whole. Moreover, the growing influence of cyber offensive capabilities and increased weaponization of technologies to achieve political goals is observed. The impact of such actions is often underestimated.

The EESC agrees with the Commission's call for more responsibility on the part of social media platforms. However, despite the existence of several studies and policy papers produced by European specialists in the last few years, the Commission's communication lacks any practical mandatory steps to ensure this.

EESC opinion: Initiative addressing online platform challenges as regards the spreading of disinformation (Communication)

Adopted on 11/07/2018
Reference: 
TEN/661-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
536 -
Jul 11, 2018 Jul 12, 2018

Transport is a vital enabler of several SDGs. It contributes strongly to the SDGs regarding economic development, industry and SMEs, as well as trade and investment. Consequently, it also helps achieve the SDGs that aim to promote employment and well-being, and to reduce inequalities and exclusion. Meanwhile, transport presents many challenges with respect to the SDGs, such as the need to reduce climate and environmental impacts, to improve transport systems and traffic safety, and to manage concerns related to jobs and decent work.

The EESC calls on the Commission to prepare a new, integrated policy framework for the next generation of transport policy. Moreover, it calls on the Commission to assess the SDG indicators from the transport point of view and to enhance the development of indicators that are relevant, give a realistic and informative picture of developments, and are in line with the integrated approach.

EESC opinion: Role of transport in realising the sustainable development goals, and consequent implications for EU policy-making (own-initiative opinion)

Ongoing (updated on 21/01/2019)
Reference: 
NAT/758-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
543 -
May 15, 2019 May 16, 2019

In October 2018, the European Commission launched the updated European Bio-economy Strategy.  The purpose of this update to the 2012 Bio-economy Strategy was to address the challenges of living in a world of limited resources.

Information memo: Communication updating the 2012 Bio-economy Strategy

Ongoing (updated on 21/01/2019)
Reference: 
SC/51-EESC-2018-SC/051- Strategy for long-term EU greenhouse gas emissions reduction
Plenary session: 
544 -
Jun 19, 2019 Jun 20, 2019

Information memo: Strategy for long-term EU greenhouse gas emissions reduction (Communication)

Ongoing (updated on 21/01/2019)
Reference: 
NAT/754-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

Endocrine disruptors (EDCs) are chemical substances that alter the functioning of the hormonal system and, as a consequence, negatively affect the health of humans and animals. With this Communication, the Commission is updating its approach on EDCs  for the years to come, building on the increased knowledge, experience gained and results achieved in the twenty years since the adoption of the Community Strategy on endocrine disruptors.

Information memo: Towards a more comprehensive EU framework on endocrine disruptors

Ongoing (updated on 21/01/2019)
Reference: 
NAT/755-EESC-2018-04568
Plenary session: 
541 -
Feb 20, 2019 Feb 21, 2019

The own-initiative opinion aims to analyse the link between current food systems and diet-related diseases;  identify policies, tools and instruments that are needed to foster healthier diets both on the supply and demand side, for example sustainable dietary guidelines, sustainable food labelling schemes, education modules in school curricula, information campaigns, specific agricultural schemes (such as the EU school food scheme), food product reformulation, etc.; highlight examples of good practices at national and local level - including civil society and business initiatives; contribute to the debate on the implementation of food-related SDGs and in the context of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition; provide recommendations for future EU action.

Information memo: Promoting healthy and sustainable diets in the EU (own-initiative opinion)

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